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The Musopen Lossless DVD

Published August 2012

Musopen Kickstarter Music (Lossless DVD Compilation)

Musopen ( is a non-profit dedicated to providing copyright free music content: music recordings, sheet music and a music textbook. This project raised money to purchase and release music to the public domain. This project successfully completed in 2012. The music recorded and released into the public is as follows:

Beethoven - Coriolan Overture
Beethoven - Egmont Overture Op. 84
Beethoven - Symphony No 3 Eroica
Borodin - In The Steppes Of Central Asia
Brahms - Symphony No 1 in C Major
Brahms - Symphony No 2 in D major
Brahms - Symphony No 3
Brahms - Symphony No 4 in E minor
Brahms - Tragic Overture
Goldberg Variations
Grieg - Peer Gynt
Mendelssohn - Hebrides
Mendelssohn - Italian Symphony
Mendelssohn - Scottish Symphony
Mozart - Magic Flute Overture
Mozart - Marriage Of Figaro
Mozart - Symphony No 40 in G Minor
Rimsky Korsakov - Russian Overture
Schubert - The Piano Sonatas
Smetana - Vltava
Tchaikovsky - Symphony Pathetique

String Quartets:
Beethoven String Quartet in B flat Major Op 18
Borodin String Quartet No 1
Borodin String Quartet No 2
Dvorak - American in F major
Dvorak Quartet in F Major Op 51
Haydn Quartet in D Major Op.64
Mendelssohn Quartet in F Minor Op 80
Mozart Quartet D Minor K421
Mozart Quartet in C Major K 465
Suk -Meditation

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Reviewer: IsacDaavid - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 25, 2013
Subject: High-quality digital masterpieces
The composers of this music would be proud to see their works free to be used and appreciated in the middle of the information era. Well done Musopen.

I just have to mention three minor issues:

1: On Beethoven's String Quartet 6 last movement (the fourth one) there is some kind of stop and whispering that I don't think is supposed to be there. After that performers retake the piece normally.

2: Another reviewer has noted most of these files are 24-bits, and I can confirm so. However they "introduce themselves" as 32-bit, probably due to improper tagging. That's kinda awkward.

3: FLAC please!
Reviewer: AntAU - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 18, 2012
Subject: Broken folder names in .zip
@damien3000, @kisli:
A number of folders contained in the .zip file end with space characters (0x20). Trailing spaces on file and folder names are trimmed by default in Windows, so most decompressors will throw errors or warnings about this on Windows. I was able to use the latest versions of 7zip and WinRAR to extract the files, despite all of the errors.
Reviewer: TimSCUK - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 8, 2012
Subject: Great project, bity about the file formats.
Great project. I would have preferred the resulting files to be flac and bzipped for compatibility!

On linux, this ZIP file can be extracted simply by "unzip".

Reviewer: damien3000 - favorite - August 31, 2012
Subject: not working
The zip file cannot be extracted properly, it has some errors.
(I tried in Windows and Linux - in Windows it was stuck at 46% and in Linux at least one file couldn't be extracted. Both reported errors.)
Files in a torrent shouldn't be zipped anyway!
Also all those _MACOSX folders and _.DS_Store files are not helping.

I also noticed some tracks are 16bit while others are 24bit.

I appreciate the effort of this project, really. But the distribution has been quite sloppy so far.
I hope you consider releasing it again, in FLAC format, with a unified bit depth and not all zipped in one file (at least not for the torrent).

Even if ALAC is open source now, it's still poorly supported outside of Apple products, while FLAC works with pretty much every software audio editor/player and even with iTunes/WMP if you install a plugin.
People interested in lossless are already used to FLAC (they are not your average iTunes user) so I don't see any good reason for pushing ALAC.
Reviewer: zyxar - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 31, 2012
Subject: Files are okay; but this zip sucks...
This archive could be decompressed well on OS X with its built-in archiver. Actually the files within the zip are all okay, however, it could not be well handled via other utilities, such as 7zip, winrar, winzip, etc.

It is fine to choose apple lossless, which is open source now.
Reviewer: Fenixin - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 22, 2012
Subject: Working zip with problems in windows.
Hhey kisli.

I think the zip has been made in MacOS and windows can't handle such a big and complicate file/directory names. I used Ubuntu 12.04 to decompress it and it complains about something strange, but works.

The music sounds marvellous and the quality is great.

It would be great to get a non-compressed torrent file or/and in a more "public domain" format (it's in apple lossless).
Reviewer: kisli - - August 21, 2012
Subject: Bad zip
Zip doesn't open with either 7z, Winzip or Winrar.
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